Katherine Murray

Urbanist, Architect, Newshound, Storyteller

Katherine Murray is an internationally experienced urbanist with a background in architecture, urban design and sustainable development. She is the principal of Ten City Solutions and the founder of Young Urbanists. Katherine is passionate about achieving better outcomes for cities and driving urban strategy and community engagement to reach these goals.

Recently returned to Melbourne, Katherine has spent the past 20+ years living, working and studying in a range of global cities, including significant periods in Oxford, London, New York, Tokyo and Singapore.

Katherine is a registered architect, holding a BArch from RMIT University. As an urbanist she holds an MSc in Development Practices from Oxford Brookes University and is a graduate of the London School of Economics’ Cities: Governance, Planning and Design program. Katherine is also a mother to four Young Urbanists herself, with two girls and two boys aged seven to fourteen.

Prior to founding Young Urbanists, Katherine’s architectural and urban design work focused on social infrastructure in education and international development, involving complex projects in numerous cities and contexts. Katherine designed primary and secondary schools for ’21st Century Learning’ in Melbourne and New York City; reconfigured university campuses for a more student-centred public realm in California, New England and Mid-Atlantic States; she devised masterplans for large civic projects in the UK, China and Singapore, as well as creating small scale, participatory urban interventions in New Delhi and Amman.

Through Young Urbanists, her work with the Singapore City Gallery, and with local and international schools, Katherine is advancing urban education and public participation – promoting the planning and design of liveable cities, and how these cities can sustainably support creativity, enterprise, civil society and active, multi-generational communities.